Trump’s Deafening Silence on Waffle House Shooting ‘Speaks to His Racism,’ Critics Say

Trump’s Deafening Silence on Waffle House Shooting ‘Speaks to His Racism,’ Critics Say

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Tanasia Kenney

It’s been over 48 hours since 3 Black people and 1 Latino was gunned down by deranged a gunman at a Waffle House in Tennessee, yet President Donald Trump has not said a word condemning the white shooter who ended their lives early Sunday morning.

Suspect Travis Reinking, 29, was taken into custody Monday afternoon following an intense 35-hour manhunt involving more than 80 Nashville police officers. Authorities said Reinking fatally shot two people outside the popular eatery in Antioch before continuing his rampage inside the restaurant, where he shot and killed two others.

His killing spree was halted, however, thanks to the heroic actions of customer James Shaw Jr., who managed to wrestle the assault weapon away from the shooter, preventing further bloodshed.

The victims of the deadly attack have since been identified as Akilah Dasilva, a 23-year-old student and aspiring rapper from Antioch; DeEbony Groves, a 21–year–old honors student at Nashville’s Belmont University; Joe Perez, 20, of Nashville and Taurean Sanderlin, 29, of Goodlettsville.

The president’s glaring silence on the four minority victims and the African-American hero who likely spared other lives from being taken speaks volumes to critics, who pointed out that Trump has taken the time to gripe about almost everything — except for this incident of home-grown terrorism. Since the shooting, Trump has taken the time to bang out angry tweets regarding “the dumb Comey memos,” a so-called “witch hunt” and the border wall.

American author and pastor John Pavlovitz was among the laundry list of critics who condemned Trump’s “white presidential silence” in the wake of the tragic Waffle House shooting, especially his lack of praise for “  

“This week is a microcosm of Trump’s America,” Pavlovitz wrote. ” …